STIR THEN SHAKE: Intoxicate
The mixed media painting “Stir then Shake” utilizes the still life as a point of departure to explore the human condition in terms of human suffering and the addictions and intoxications through alcohol and drugs that often follow. The piece seeks to explore the mental health of society following centuries of war and terrorist atrocities that instill paralyzing fear in the people of the planet. The glitter and glamour of Hollywood often blurs or manipulates the truth that lies under the smoke of tragic events. Many people leave morality behind to strive for the dream world idealism and riches portrayed in Hollywood movies and are often blinded from the truth of what is real, realistic and important. Many no longer think for themselves, rather they follow what the movie machine tells them. The mixed media glitter in the piece represents the banner of misleading glamour and the intoxication of nation.